144 – Degenerate Art

Our lives today are pretty surreal, folks, so what better time than now to educate you all in a little art history, hmmm? Today, we get into the true weirdness [and the rise and fall] of the Dada and Surrealism movements. Later, take a quiz on Dadas and Papas!

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[Music: 1) Daniel Varsano, Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1,” orig. 1888, rec. 1979; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

130 – MUSE 101: Intro to Museums

Somehow, we’ve spent 2.5 years on this podcast and haven’t yet covered museums! Shame on us. Today’s ep gives you everything you ever wanted to know about museums and museum work, but were afraid to ask. Later, take a quiz about the things people collect!

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[Music: 1) Jim Dale, “The Museum Song,” 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

102 – Don’t Be So Bourgeois

Lauren returns to her favorite category to spin a yarn all about French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. [You might know her Spider sculptures, but hoo-ee, there is much more of her Surrealist and Feminist art to cover.] Later, enjoy a quiz about the bourgeoisie and arachnids!

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[Music: 1) U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” 1983; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 79 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 4: Picasso’s Hot Flames of Knowledge)

In our 79th episode, Lauren finishes sketching out this P-ART series with a chapter on everyone’s favorite modern artist, Pablo Picasso. (Btw, not all of his works are portraits with the facial parts all jumbled… Also, he was kind of a jerk!) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Un cuestionario sobre españa (A Quiz About Spain)”!

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[Music: 1) The Modern Lovers, “Pablo Picasso,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 77 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 3: The Frenchmen)

In our 77th episode (and third installment in her “P-ART” series), Lauren impresses tout le monde with her French pronunciations and covers the lives and times of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse (two more Artists You Should Know). Later, enjoy a quiz on French movies!

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[Music: 1) Edith Piaf, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” 1960; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 75 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 2: The Van Gogh-ing)

In our 75th episode, Lauren paints us a portrait of another Artist You Should Know– it’s time to lend an ear and learn all about Vincent Van Gogh. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Sunflowers and Starry Nights”!

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[Music: 1) Sir Georg Solti , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , 1980, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Modest Mussorgsky; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 73 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 1)

In our 73rd episode, Lauren draws upon her vast art history knowledge to sketch out the lives (and well-known works) of three Artists You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “There’s No Right Way to Write a Quiz”!

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[Music: 1) Max Richter, Vivaldi’s “Spring 1,” 2012;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 49 – Sometimes A Flower Is Just A Flower: Georgia O’Keeffe

In our 49th episode, Lauren sketches for us the life of artist Georgia Totto O’Keeffe [best-known for those close-ups of flowers that definitely are just flowers, no interpretation needed]. Learn about the “Mother of American Modernism” and her tumultuous relationship with husband/photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Later, enjoy a quiz on Flowers!

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[Music: 1) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, 1892 ; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes

In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”!

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[Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]